Interwoven draws closer to Microsoft

Interwoven announced a sales-and-development partnership with Microsoft that executives say will tighten integration between their content-management software.

Document management specialist Interwoven is deepening its partnership with Microsoft, announcing on Thursday a sales and joint-development alliance that executives from both vendors say will more closely integrate their software products.

Few specifics were available on what new features customers can expect, though Interwoven did say it will release technology by year-end to better tie together its WorkSite content management suite with Microsoft's SharePoint portal software. Interwoven will also be an early adopter of Microsoft's forthcoming SQL Server 2005 software (code-named Yukon), which Interwoven executive Neil Araujo expects to add scalability to Interwoven's system.

"It will give us a lot more head room in the quantity of content we manage in a single repository," said Araujo, Interwoven's vice president of legal marketing and product management.

Microsoft and Interwoven of Sunnyvale, California, will also link their sales teams, particularly in the document-intensive legal, accounting and management consulting fields.

While the partnership plans remain vague, one customer of both Microsoft and Interwoven said he's pleased to see the two vendors align. "It can only be a good thing," said Peter Lamb, director of information services for Toronto law firm Torys.

Lamb's firm has about 1,000 employees in Toronto and New York, and uses WorkSite to manage e-mail, documents and records. The firm also relies heavily on Microsoft's Office suite.

"We've been working with Interwoven for many years now, and there have been a number of times when, in order to solve problems or ask for enhancements, we've had to go to both companies. It will be nice to only have to make one call," Lamb said. "There have been times when Microsoft will give us one side and Interwoven will give us another, and we'll go round and round and round."

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